Carty slides out after skate-out

Somerset County Gazette: Todd Carty before his skate-off exit Todd Carty before his skate-off exit

Former Eastenders star Todd Carty skated out of Dancing On Ice tonight but thrilled the audience with a twist on his spectacular stumble off the rink in an earlier series.

The actor, who appeared to unintentionally skate off the set in the middle of a performance in 2009, recreated the moment tonight in the skate-off - but this time it was his professional partner Alexandra Schauman who fell foul of the slippery service for comedic effect.

Carty, who played Mark Fowler in the long-running BBC soap, lost out to actress Zaraah Abrahams in the skate-off, and after his fate was sealed, he said: "I'm so so glad I was invited back."

Skating star Christopher Dean joked: "We're just happy that you're leaving in one piece Todd."

The actor danced to The Beatles' Help!, and said he felt "fantastic" after his performance.

After the skate-off, judge Karen Barber said it was "a great excuse to see two memorable routines again".

Abrahams, who danced to Prince's Diamonds and Pearls, was "poetry in motion", according to judge Jason Gardiner, but the Australian judge described Carty's dance as being like a "derailed locomotion".

Earlier in the night the judges awarded Carty the lowest score of the night with just 12 points out of 40, while Abrahams scored 30.

The panel unanimously put Abrahams through to next week's show.

Singer and West End star Ray Quinn topped the leaderboard with 35.5 points following his performance to last year's hit Blurred Lines.

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